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Eight Tips for Selecting the Best Study Bible

Several years ago, I led a church through a study of Howard Hendricks’ wonderful book, Living by the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible.To this day, I continue to return to his material on biblical interpretation. I highly recommend this book to all serious students of God’s Word. As for the topic of this blog post, I wanted to share Hendricks’ advice on selecting a Bible for Bible study. What follows below are the “ideal characteristics” of the…

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Jesus is Better than Your Bucket List

Before I die, I want to ______________. (Fill in the Blank) It is common to hear such expressions among Christians. We state, without much thought, that we hope that we get to do something or see something before we die. We call it our “bucket list,” which refers to the things that we want to do before we “kick the bucket.” The implication is that death will steal from us opportunities that we do not want to miss out on in this life. I understand this to a point, but I contend that…

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Abstinence is Not Enough, Or Why a Prohibition Culture is Not Ready for the Opioid Crisis

I have been a Southern Baptist for my entire life. And, for as long as I can remember, I have been taught to abstain from alcoholic beverages. Of the many Bible verses that I heard while growing up, Ephesians 5:18 was a constant. “Do not be drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” To this, every Bible-believing Christians can and should say, “Yes, and amen.” The problem, however, is not with the prohibition to…

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Two Ways to Fight the Seduction of Sin

Country music singer, Randy Travis, performs a song entitled, “Reasons I Cheat.” In the song, Travis vividly details a man wrestling with the reasons why he cheats on his wife. Here are the lyrics: A working day too long when everything goes wrong And a boss who don’t know I’m alive I once had a notion I’d get that promotion, but now I barely survive A wife to demanding with no understanding Of why I stay dead on my feet…

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Nine Ways YOU Can Care for Others in the Context of the Church

The local church exists to glorify God the Father by making disciples of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. As members of the local church, we play an invaluable role in the body by caring for others. As Paul writes in Ephesians 4:11-16 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we…

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